ALSC Matters! | March 2013, Volume 11, no. 1
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Introducing the 2012-2013 ALSC Board
~~ Service is what life is all about. (Marian Wright Edelman) ~~
It is my pleasure to introduce you to our service-oriented, hardworking and dedicated ALSC Board. The Board is comprised of the members of the Executive Committee and the Directors who are all elected by “you” the ALSC membership.
The Executive Committee (EC) is comprised of five elected members including the President, Immediate Past-President, Vice President/President-elect, Fiscal Officer and Division Councilor. The Directors include eight elected members in staggered terms, each serving three years.
Together ALSC Board members determine ALSC policy; provide final approval for the ALSC budget at the Annual Conference; consider association items that require decision; attend all Board meetings at Midwinter and Annual conferences; approve ALSC committee functions, structures, procedures, guidelines, and/or actions; jointly determine current and future programs and activities in accordance with ALSC objectives (ALSC Bylaws, Article II); authorize relationships with other organizations; and attend Leadership and ALSC meetings (formerly known as Division Leadership Meetings) at both Midwinter and Annual Conferences.
Thank you to each ALSC Board member for their service. Also thanks to each of you for your everyday dedication---we’re moving forward together in creating a better future for children through libraries.
And, here are your 2012-2013 ALSC Board members:
Mary Fellows, Immediate Past President
Manager, Youth and Family Services, Upper Hudson (N.Y.) Library System
Mary Fellows served as our ALSC President last year with grace and professionalism. As the organization worked through several issues and planned new programs, Mary was there to lead the association effectively. Her wealth of knowledge related to the organization and to effective communication skills have moved us forward in so many positive ways. We are fortunate to continue to draw upon her expertise and wise counsel.
Starr Latronica, Vice President/President-elect
Youth Services/Outreach Manager, Four County Library System, Binghamton, N.Y.
Elected last May, Starr has been working hard to assume the role of ALSC President on July 2. She joins weekly conference calls as we work on association business. Starr is making our “process committee appointments” that are so vital to the work and health of our organization. And, she is chairing a board committee that is working on strategies for the access area of our ALSC Strategic Plan. Starr will make an excellent ALSC President!
Tali Balas, Fiscal Officer
Librarian, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York, N.Y.
With Tali’s knowledge of ALSC finances and budget matters, she has been called “the Board’s treasured financial genius.” She makes sure that budget questions are both asked and answered. Her attention to detail and process are greatly appreciated. She is a valuable asset in her leadership role for our organization.
Andrew Medlar, Division Councilor
Assistant Commissioner for Collections, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Ill.
Andrew is in his first year of a three-year ALSC Division Councilor term that began just after ALA Annual last summer. Andrew provides ALA Council updates to our members on ALSC-L and has also participated with updates in the ALSC Community Forums. He recently represented us at ALA Council meetings and many other related meetings in Seattle. Andrew makes sure that ALSC is represented at the table and we appreciate his detailed attention to Council matters on our behalf.
Librarian, Manorhaven School, Pt. Washington, N.Y. (Ret.)
In her first year on the ALSC Board, Rita brings a wealth of association experience and professional expertise to the table. Rita has served ALSC in many capacities and served other organizations in selecting the best in children’s literature. She always provides thoughtful insights and knowledge-based contributions to discussions.
Teacher-Librarian, Prairie Creek Intermediate School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
A second year board member, Ernie has served as our Emerging Leaders mentor and guided our team through their project this past year. Ernie can be counted on to provide insightful, thoughtful comments during board meetings.
Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services, Oakland Public Library, Oakland, Calif.
A third year board member, Nina can be counted on to provide thoughtful insight into whatever issue is at hand. Her expert knowledge about the profession and our association is very evident during board meetings and in all other situations. Nina's creative leadership as chair of the Caldecott 75th Anniversary Celebration Task Force is strongly evident as this group has worked hard to provide a year-long experience that we won't ever forget.
Jamie Campbell Naidoo
Associate and Foster-EBSCO Endowed Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
This is Jamie’s first year on the ALSC Board. He is currently serving on the board committee that is developing the "access" goal area of the ALSC Strategic Plan. With his teaching and research background, Jamie has an extensive knowledge of multicultural library services and literature that is important as we discuss ways to serve all children.
Electronic Resources Analyst, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Michael is in his second year on the ALSC Board. He currently serves on the board committee devoted to the further development of the "access" goal area of the ALSC Strategic Plan. Michael’s knowledge of partnerships and electronic environments always proves valuable to ALSC Board discussions.
Librarian, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wis.
Megan is serving her first year as an ALSC Board member and has been a valuable participant in board discussions and decision-making. With her comprehensive knowledge of children's materials, Megan was appointed to serve as the board's representative on the ALSC Book Award Seals on eBook Versions Task Force.
Lisa Von Drasek
Curator, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
Lisa is an enthusiastic board member in her second year of service. She brings a variety of experiences to the ALSC Board that includes public libraries, school libraries, publishing, and now as the recently named curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collection at University of Minnesota.
Head of Youth Services, Skokie Public Library, Skokie, Ill.
Jan is in her second year as an ALSC Board member; she brings a variety of knowledge about the association and about children’s librarianship. Jan has been a ready and engaged volunteer for special assignments such as assisting with the ALSC Membership Meeting and the Morris Seminar.
ALSC Board members serve the association in a range of capacities. Are you contemplating service to ALSC in a leadership role in the future? Whether you’re looking to lead; continue service in a committee member role; or start your involvement with ALSC, turn in an ALSC committee volunteer form. Vice-President/President-elect Starr Latronica is making committee appointments and ALSC Past-President Julie Corsaro, chair of the ALSC Nominating Committee. is working with her committee to compile the 2014 ballot.
In conclusion, a round of applause to our 2012-2013 ALSC Board! And, thanks all of you for your service this past year and for your future dedication to our association and to the profession.
We hope to see you on ALSC-L, in an ALSC Community Forum, at the Arbuthnot Lecture, at ALA National Library Legislative Day, in Chicago or sometime in the future!—Carolyn S. Brodie, ALSC President
Councilor’s Report – Winter 2013
A primary issue before Council was the ALA-wide Dues Adjustment Proposal, which I shared on ALSC-L on January 21, and for which the feedback I received from you is greatly appreciated. This proposal by the ALA Membership Committee—to link dues increases for personal members (as opposed to organizational members, for instance) to changes in the Consumer Price Index—had already been approved by ALA’s Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC) and Executive Board. After much discussion and consideration during Council meetings and caucuses, changes were made to place a finite timeframe on the adjustment (September 2013-2017); to include members’ input into the evaluation of its success; and to require that ANY changes after that point be brought before members for approval. After these elements were incorporated, Council voted to allow the Dues Adjustment Proposal to be placed on the spring ballot so that all ALA members will have the opportunity to cast their own vote on it. An FAQ about ALA’s Dues Adjustment Proposal is available online, and any additional questions about it may be directed to Ron Jankowski, ALA Director of Membership Development, at rjankowski at ala.org.
A very delightful bit of news is that Council adopted a tribute resolution, authored by Councilors Naphtali Faris, Erlene Bishop Killeen, and Kimberly Patton, commending ALSC on the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal. When ALA President Maureen Sullivan announced this, it was met with a round of applause from the entire Council—a proud moment for ALSC! There also were memorial tributes made to those recently lost, including Caldecott Medalist Leo Dillon; youth services advocate Dr. Kay Bishop; children’s literature professor Harris Clark McClaskey; and others including Alice Holly Scott, Clara Stanton Jones, Phyllis Brodnax Heroy, Aaron Swartz, Joseph Branin, Barbara Ann Schmitt Webb, and William (Bill) DeJohn.
Here is some additional, important information from the busy Council line-up:
- Midwinter attendance was 10,731, a slight increase over the past two years.
- ALA Treasurer Jim Neal reported that ALA ended fiscal year 2012 with a net loss to its General Fund of $1.3 million.
- Sara Kelly Johns, councilor for our fellow youth division AASL, was elected to the ALA Executive Board, and we’re fortunate to have such a passionate and strong advocate for youth on that high-ranking body.
- Council received an update from the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group, the fine folks who are doing much work on the e-book front, for which Maureen Sullivan provided a presidential update
- A Sustainability Round Table has been created, per the request of ALA’s Committee on Organization, as “a forum for ALA members to exchange ideas and concerns regarding sustainability in order to move toward a more equitable, healthy, and economically-viable society.
- Council heard reports from the very active ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, Committee on Legislation, and Freedom to Read Foundation, all of which are continually working to support the work of ALA and its members.
- Council spent some quality time in small group discussion around the topic of “rethinking ALA” for the future, which was an extension of work that the ALSC Executive Committee participated in with other leaders association-wide last fall.
The work of ALA Council continues on throughout the year, and we will reconvene next at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago in June. In the meantime, I will share any important new Council developments on ALSC-L, and ask you to please feel free to contact me, at amedlar at chipublib.org, with your ALA Council ideas or concerns. Please let me, as your representative, know what Council issues concern you and your work, and any ideas you may have for resolutions to be proposed to the entire ALA Council as we strive to represent youth issues across the association. I look forward to hearing from you!—Andrew Medlar, ALSC Division Councilor
Editor’s note: The complete list of 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting Council actions is online.
Thank You to Our Most Recent Donors
Many thanks to the following contributors to ALSC . To learn how you can support ALSC, visit www.ala.org/alsc and click on "About ALSC--Contact ALSC--Donate to ALSC” on the left-hand navigation menu.
Pura Belpré Award Endowment
Friends of ALSC
Anne Putman Britton
Ginny Moore Kruse
The Friends of ALSC has put out its first Annual Report. Learn how donor funds were used in 2012 to strengthen ALSC's services and resources.
Martha Edmundsen, Denton, Texas
I retired from the Denton Public Library in 2008 after 29 years as children’s librarian, branch manager and children’s coordinator. Currently, I manage the Texas Bluebonnet Award for the Texas Library Association. I also teach children’s literature to pre-service teachers at Texas Woman’s University in Denton.
A Slightly Different Lego® Club
There's nothing like when a tween boy approaches you and says, “I think the library should have a Lego Appreciation Club, and I'm going to be the president. This is what I think we should do.” And now Madison (Ohio) Public Library has a Lego Club almost exactly as this tween envisioned.
Read with Me, Sign with Me - Inclusive storytimes for children and families
How it began
Scene on ALSC-L - An American Girl® in the Big Apple
Did you see the post on ALSC-L sharing the New York Times (NYT) artice about the New York Public Library branch that loans out an American Girl® Doll. It is a very heartwarming article! Even more touching is the follow-up NYT article that reported on the outpouring of donation offers the library received from individuals around the country.
A Tween Lock-In at the Library
Thinking Ahead - Banned Books Week | September 22−28, 2013
2012 Banned Books Week is a distant memory at this point, but it's never too early to start planning for next September. The ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee's post on the ALSC blog wrapping up Banned Books Week 2012 shares some creative and fun ideas that might spark your creativity for 2013.
Tickets Now Available for 2013 Arbuthnot Lecture
Tickets for the 2013 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Michael Morpurgo are now available. The lecture, entitled “War Boy to War Horse,” and hosted by Nazareth College and the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association (NYLA) will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the Linehan Chapel in the Golisano Academic Center of Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. The honor lectureship will be tied to several other significant events for librarians and readers of children’s and young adult literature during Children’s Book Week and will kick off the 38th annual NYLA Youth Services Section’s Spring Conference on Friday, May 17, 2013. Required tickets are free for the lecture and must be obtained through the Youth Services Section of NYLA. To learn more about acquiring tickets, please visit the 2013 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture website.
Born in England, Michael Morpurgo was teaching when he discovered the magic of storytelling and began writing. His books are noted for their imagination, power and grace. In 1976, he and his wife established the charity Farms for City Children. He is an officer of the Order of the British Empire and served as Britain’s third Children’s Laureate. His novel, “War Horse,” has wowed theater audiences in London and New York and movie audiences all over.
The May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture is sponsored by ALSC.
Conference on Family Literacy
The 22nd National Conference on Family Literacy is being held April 28-30, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. This event for educators, administrators, and literacy advocates, offers professional development sessions and presentations that will inform and inspire. This year's speakers include: James Patterson, best-selling author and founder of ReadKiddoRead.com; Eepy Bird, the dynamic duo behind the “Mentos and Diet Coke” viral videos; Susan Pimentel, lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy; C.C. Chapman, author, speaker, and motivator; and others. For registration information, visit the National Center for Family Literacy website.
Registration Open for the ALSC Preconference - Hurry, space is limited!
A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal will be held Friday, June 28, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., prior to the opening of the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. This engaging event will take place at the Art Institute of Chicago and highlight Caldecott-winning illustrators, editors, and art directors sharing aspects of the creative process.
- A reception and book signing on Thursday evening, where you'll have an opportunity to visit the Art Institute's exhibition of original art from Caldecott Medal and Honor Books, 2010-13, and get books signed by Caldecott Medal artists. (Books will be available for sale on site.)
- A keynote presentation by Brian Selznick, 2008 Medalist (The Invention of Hugo Cabret) and 2002 Honoree (The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins).
- Sneak peeks into the process of creating an award-winning picture book, from "Matching Words and Pictures" featuring Erin and Phillip Stead and Neal Porter; to "Choosing a Medium and a Style" featuring Chris Raschka and Lee Wade; to "Preparing Art for Production" featuring Jerry Pinkney and Patti Ann Harris.
- Interactive book discussions, organized so that you will read one Caldecott winner from each decade, assigned in advance; challenge yourself to read ones you might not have been inclined to otherwise.
- An Honor Book luncheon panel, moderated by Leonard Marcus and featuring Melissa Sweet, Pamela Zagarensky, Peter Brown, and Kadir Nelson.
- Your choice of one of twelve fascinating breakout session topics, several to be presented by Art Institute staff in order to offer you the best art expertise available. Sessions include: "Art and Stories," "The Caldecott Medal and Social Issues," "Caldecott Medal Artists at the Art Institute: A Closer Look," "Caldecott Books for Older Readers," "How Did They Do That?" "Look to Learn; Learn to Look," "Multi-Layered Meanings," "Randolph Caldecott and Caldecott Medal History," "Serving on the Caldecott Committee," "Style and Media," "Watching Dry Paint!," and "Weston Woods and the Caldecott Winners."
- A closing session on possible future directions in children's book art by Paul O. Zelinsky, three-time Caldecott Honoree and 1998 Medalist (Rapunzel).
Preconference registration is available online or by calling 866-513-0760. Space is limited. The preconference is taking place as part of the 2013 ALA Annual Conference; separate registration is required but attendees do not have to be registered for Annual Conference to attend the preconference.
Caldecott Art and the Value of Visual Literacy - 2013 President's Program
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Jill Bellomy, Texas Woman's University (TWU) doctoral student, and school librarian at Highland Park Middle School, Dallas, was recently awarded the Virginia Chandler Dykes scholarship, which was established to attract the best and brightest graduate students to TWU. Congratulations, Jill!
Joyce Welkie, children’s services manager at Plainfield-Guilford Township (Indiana) Public Library, will retire on April 1, 2013, after 35 years as a librarian. In addition to her public library work, she started her career as a school librarian/teacher at Westville Elementary School in northern Indiana. Joyce has been an ALSC member for 19 years and recently chaired the Institute Planning Task Force for the 2012 event in Indianapolis. Happy Trails, Joyce!
Janet Ingraham Dwyer, library consultant for youth services, State Library of Ohio, Columbus, was named a 2012 Library Journal Reviewer of the Year! She was chosen from among hundreds of reviewers who contribute to LJ.
Kudos to Leda Schubert! Her book Monsieur Marceau: Actor without Words won the 2013 Orbis Pictus Award for outstanding nonfiction for children from the National Council of Teachers of English!
Debb Green, member of the 2013 Geisel Award Committee and retired librarian from Iowa City (Iowa) Public Library, donated more than 300 children's books, which she received in 2012 for Geisel Award consideration, to the Solon (Iowa) Public Library. Debb even book-talked the 2013 Geisel Award and Honor books in a video on the Iowa City Press-Citizen website. Thanks, Debb, for sharing the love! (Photo courtesy of Iowa City Press-Citizen)
Spring Is Election Time!
Summer Reading Update
During the Leadership and ALSC meeting (formerly the Division Leadership Meeting) at the recent ALA Midwinter Meeting, Sue Polanka, Head of Reference and Instruction for the University Libraries at Wright State University and author of the website, No Shelf Required, delivered a presentation on ebooks. To complement the presentation, the Children and Technology Committee (C&T) compiled a handout with further examples of, and reading and information about existing library eBook programs. An audio recording and slides from Sue's talk and C&T's resource are available on the ALSC website in the Professional Tools section under the heading "eBooks and Digital Content."
Friends of ALSC Offering 2013 Preconference Scholarships
ALSC and the Friends of ALSC are offering two scholarships to the 2013 ALSC Preconference, A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal. The Preconference is taking place on Friday, June 28, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Art Institute of Chicago. Scholarship recipients must be ALSC members who work directly with children in a library setting.
Read! Build! Play! Update
- Sometime between March 17-31st, 2013, we would love for your library to host a Read! Build! Play! event for families in your community.
- ALSC and LEGO® DUPLO® will do media outreach around these two weeks with the call to action for families to come and join a local RBP event.
- We will promote the experience via radio, TV, online and print targets—on a local and national level.
- Once you confirm your event’s time/date if you can please let us know the details, we can keep it in mind for our outreach. While we can’t guarantee local coverage we will try to promote your event as appropriate.
- Please send a note with your library name, event date, time to: Liz Sloan sloan at flashpointpr.com and Joanna Ison jison at ala.org.
Check out ALSC’s spring/summer line-up of webinars—a convenient way to get professional development on the go. ALSC webinars are taught by experienced instructors in a comfortable Adobe Connect setting. In one hour or so, you’ll have more than a few ideas to use in your library!
Día! Diversity in Action
Oregon Día Proclamation
Oregon's Governor has signed a proclamation observing April 30,2013, as El dia de los ninos/el dia de los libros. If others are interested in requesting their state or local government make the same proclamation, ALSC has a proclamation template available in the Dia publicity toolkit.
2015 Arbuthnot Lecturer
Cast Your Vote - Conversation Starters at ALA Annual Conference
"Conversation Starter” talks are fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging topics and trends. Public voting is now open through March 31, 2013, to determine which sessions will be added to this year’s Annual Conference program. The AASL/ALSC/YALSA Joint Committee on School/Public Library Cooperation has proposed Going Up the Down Slide: School and Public Libraries Partner to Reduce Summer Slide, bringing together enthusiastic moderators from all three divisions to engage participants in focused conversations around the theme of “summer slide,” the loss of academic skills, motivation, and knowledge that happens to students of all ages during the summer. This session will highlight the enormous benefits of forging partnerships between school and public libraries by encouraging participants to ask questions, share strategies, showcase successful programs, and exchange ideas. Conversations will emphasize the intersection between STEM, Common Core, summer reading assignments and programs, and “summer slide.” For more information or to cast your vote, visit the "Summer Slide" page on ALA Connect.
Field Notes: News You Can Use
Libraries by the Numbers - IMLS Survey Results
NEH Seeks Nonfiction Nominations
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) seeks nominations for a new nonfiction booklist for elementary, middle, and high-school aged children. Aimed at young readers who want to delve more deeply into areas such as history, biography, archaeology, or philosophy, this new list will supplement NEH’s popular summer reading list, which, since its inception in 1988, has been heavily weighted towards works of fiction. NEH’s new nonfiction list will reflect the new Common Core State Standards, which place a greater emphasis on nonfiction material, and will serve as a resource for teachers and parents of children who want to read about the tragic Irish potato famine of the 1840s and 50s or the infamous Salem witch trials in addition to—or instead of—Harry Potter and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
International Children's Book Day - April 2
Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, 2 April, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books. The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) has been awarded the sponsorship of the 2013 International Children’s Book Day. Artist Ashley Bryan and poet Pat Mora have created an inspirational poster themed Bookjoy! Around the World. The poster and an informative brochure can be downloaded from the website. A high quality full-sized poster is available for sale from the USBBY Website. http://www.usbby.org/icbd.html
Dia Program Grants
LEAP Grants for Libraries
Better World Books, the socially responsible online bookseller, recently announced its third-annual Literacy and Education in Action Program (LEAP) Grants for Libraries and Non-Profits, an initiative designed to turn company revenue into literacy support.
$45,000 in funding is available. Participants are selected using the following criteria:
- Projects should address the literacy needs of underserved populations in their community. Literacy needs are defined by broadly identifying, understanding, interpreting, creating, communicating, and computing information to live a more fulfilling and productive life.
- Libraries and non-profits may pitch only one project each, with an award of $15,000 maximum for libraries and $7,500 for non-profits. Please be sure to clearly outline the project elements that require the requested funds.
- Projects that will have a measurable and long term impact on an underserved population and will continue to operate after grant funds have been utilized will be looked upon favorably.
- Better World Books looks forward to reviewing applications that bring a fresh and inspired approach to challenging issues.
The deadline for library applicants is April 5, 2013; winners will be announced May 14, 2013. Library grant recipients will be selected by the Better World Books Literacy Council.
Students Helping Students Program Re-Launched
The international nonprofit, Room to Read, is celebrating the re-launch of its Students Helping Students (SHS) youth-action program, with a new youth-centered website, www.roomtoread.org/students. Since its inception in 2004, SHS has grown to see students from more than 700 schools supporting Room to Read across 30 different countries, raising more than $1.75 M to provide students with quality education in Asia and Africa. The new site gives students, parents, and educators from around the globe the resources and materials to develop educational campaigns, enhance global awareness, build leadership skills, and develop an understanding of non-profits companies.
SHS works closely with those adults who help support and foster the student movement, mainly schools, teachers, and parents. It seeks to broaden students’ knowledge of important social issues, such as illiteracy and gender inequality in education, while providing them the necessary tools to become the leaders of social change for generations to come. The SHS website is a targeted resource for social activists and entrepreneurs of all ages--featuring material for student leaders who want to support the work of Room to Read. Teachers have access to fact sheets, projects, multi-cultural crafts that they can use to supplement instruction and projects. Parents will find family-friendly advice on how to teach kids about global issues, philanthropy, and volunteerism through book clubs and other activities.
Bank Street's Top Three Children's Books
The Bank Street College of Education's Children’s Book Committee presented awards to its choices for the best children’s books of the year in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry this month.
2013 Keats Awards Winners
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, announced on March 4 the winners of the 27th annual Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Book Awards. The 2013 awards ceremony will be held April 11 during The University of Southern Mississippi’s Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival.
The New Writer Award winner is: Julie Fogliano for And Then It’s Spring (Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press), illustrated by Erin E. Stead.
Fogliano shares the excitement that goes hand in hand with planting the first seeds of spring. After months of snow, a boy and his dog agree that enough is enough, and decide to plant a garden. They dig, plant, play and wait…and wait…until at long last, shades of green begin to replace the brown. Spring is in the air!
The New Illustrator Award winner is: Hyewon Yum for Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! (Frances Foster Books/Farrar Straus Giroux)
First day of kindergarten jitters may be nothing new, but in Yum’s book, it’s a parent who is frantic and needs reassuring! Playfully using color and size (Mom and son take turns appearing small and blue-tinted; large and rosy pink), this author-illustrator captures the emotional highs and lows of both parent and child around this milestone.
Honorable mentions also were awarded:
New Writer Honor
- Mara Rockliff for My Heart Will Not Sit Down (Knopf), illus. by Ann Tanksley
- Jennifer Lanthier for The Stamp Collector (Fitzhenry & Whiteside), illus. by François Thisdale
- Don Tate for It Jes’ Happened (Lee & Low), illus. by R. Gregory Christie
New Illustrator Honor
- K.G. Campbell for Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters (Kids Can)
- Sanjay Patel for Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth (Chronicle), written by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes
Register Endangered Species Day (May 17) Activities Online
Time for Bedtime Math
Many parents know to read to their kids at night--but what about math? Bedtime Math is a nonprofit group that makes math a fun part of kids’ everyday lives, just like the bedtime story. Bedtime Math offers families a free, playful math problem daily, on everything from ninjas to flamingos. Their library programming ideas, including Pajama Parties and Summer of Numbers programs, incorporate hands-on math games. Learn more at www.bedtimemathproblem.org.